I generally use DrRacket for all my Racket dev because it "just works
(tm)". I have sometimes used other editors for it, and the main things I
miss from those usually are autocomplete (DrR has this but it's always been
way too slow for me so I never turn it on), more detailed syntax
highlighting (like royall Spence's examples), rainbow parens, and perhaps
most importantly of all: Parinfer.
Parinfer makes Lisp editing vastly less painful, though DrRacket is pretty
good about visualizing bracket containment so that missing parens at least
are easily spotted usually. restructuring code and so forth though is just
so much more pleasant I find with Parinfer, especially the Atom version's
auto-reformatting (something I miss even in my favorite, VS Code!).
for the most part though, DrRacket always seems to just be "good enough"
that having everything in one easily accessed tool is worth what minor
conveniences I miss out on.
On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 11:48 AM, Robby Findler <ro...@eecs.northwestern.edu
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> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 9:21 PM Richard Cobbe <rco...@rcobbe.net> wrote:
>> On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 03:42:14PM +0000, Stephen De Gabrielle wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> > I’ve noticed some list members use other editors or IDE’s.
>> > I know two big reasons for using a complex tool is it’s stickiness
>> > normally a combination of familiarity (hence speed) with a lot of
>> > features and non-transportable customisation.
>> > Putting stickiness factors aside, what features in other editors/IDE’s
>> > would you like to see in DrRacket?
>> I generally switch back and forth between Emacs and DrRacket as
>> for the task at hand. DrRacket is good for code navigation, but if I'm
>> doing a lot of writing, I generally prefer emacs, largely for reasons that
>> others have mentioned in this thread.
>> There is one particular issue, however, that I haven't seen come up: power
>> usage. I haven't really investigated what's going on here, but DrRacket
>> drains the battery on my MacBook Pro quite rapidly (last experienced with
>> DrRacket 6.11 on MacOS 10.12.latest). What's more, it appears to do this
>> even if the app is only open in the background and I'm not actually
>> interacting with it. So if I don't have access to AC power, I generally
>> close DrRacket and stick with Emacs.
>> If the DrRacket maintainers are interested, I'd be happy to help diagnose
>> the power problem in more detail, as time permits. However, I don't
>> know what tests would be useful. Suggestions welcome!
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